1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia

Edited By Rita Padawangi Copyright 2019
    540 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    540 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The study of urbanization in Southeast Asia has been a growing field of research over the past decades. The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia offers a collection of the major streams and themes in the studies of the cities in the region. A focus on the urbanization process rather than the city as an object opens the topic more broadly to bring together different perspectives. This timely handbook presents these diverse views to build a clearer understanding of theoretical contributions of urban studies in Southeast Asia and to provide a complete collection of scholarly works that are thematically structured and a useful tool for teaching urbanization in Southeast Asia.

    Following the introduction by the editor, the handbook is structured along central, emerging themes. It contains six parts, which are each introduced by the editor:

    • Theorizing Urbanization in Southeast Asia

    • Migration, Networks and Identities

    • Development and Discontents

    • Environmental Governance

    • The Social Production of the Urban Fabric

    • Social Change and Alternative Development

    This handbook will be an essential reference work for scholars interested in Urban Studies, cities and urbanization in Asia, and Southeast Asian Studies.

    Introduction, Rita Padawangi

    Part I: Theorizing Urbanization in Southeast Asia

    Overview: Theorizing Urbanization in Southeast Asia, Rita Padawangi

    1. Gateways, Corridors and Peripheries, Peter J. Rimmer and Howard Dick

    2. Peri-Urban Transformations in Southeast Asia, Yap Kioe Sheng

    3. Knowledge, Creativity and the City, Dean Forbes

    4. Aspirations in Urban(izing) Southeast Asia, Tim Bunnell, Daniel P.S. Goh and Ng Huiying

    5. The Politics of Increments in Collective Urban Action, AbdouMaliq Simone

    6. Provisional Notes on Semi-Urbanization, Abidin Kusno

    7. Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Studying Urbanization in Southeast Asia, Gavin W. Jones

    8. Challenges and Opportunities of Comparative Research: The Case of Brunei-Miri and Singapore-Iskandar Malaysia, Sin Yee Koh

    9. Debilitating City-Centricity: Urbanization and Urban-Rural Hybridity in Southeast Asia, Stephen Cairns

    Part II: Migration, Networks and Identities

    Overview: Migration, Networks and Identities, Rita Padawangi

    10. Longing and Belonging in a Global City: Skilled Migrants in Singaporean Urban Space, Michiel Baas

    11. Marginalized Migrants and Urbanization in Southeast Asia, Laavanya Kathiravelu and George Wong Boon Keng

    12. Women Workers and Urban Imagination in Indonesia’s Industrial Town, Nicolaas Warouw

    13. God’s Many Faces: Religious Pluralism in Urban Southeast Asia, Teresita Cruz-del Rosario

    14. Between Tradition and Modernity: The Ritual Politics of Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Urbanizing Sabah, East Malaysia, Yunci Cai

    15. Networks Beyond the Nation: Urban Histories of Northern Thailand and Beyond, Taylor Easum

    Part III: Development and Discontents

    Overview: Development and Discontents, Rita Padawangi

    16. Mega-Regionalization of a Nation: Philippine Mega-Regions and the Impulse to Globalize, Arnisson Andre C. Ortega

    17. Kota Kinabalu: Checkered Past, Present Challenges, Bright Future?, Simone Shu-Yeng Chung and Robin Chung

    18. Transforming Kuala Lumpur: Hybrid Urbanisms in Motion, Yeoh Seng Guan

    19. From Socialist Modernism to Market Modernism? Master-Planned Developments in Post-Reform Vietnam, Hoai Anh Tran

    20. Peri-Urbanization in the Surabaya Metropolitan Area: An Industrial Transformation Perspective, Delik Hudalah, Tania Benita and Ikrar Eka Praya Gumilar

    21. Contesting Development: Youth and Industrial Labor in Peri-Urban Banten, Indonesia, Suzanne Naafs

    22. Transportation Development and Urbanization in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Saksith Chalermpong

    23. Phnom Penh's Diamond Island: City of Spectacle, Teri Shaffer Yamada

    Part IV: Environmental Governance

    Overview: Environmental Governance, Rita Padawangi

    24. An Assessment of Disaster Risk and Resilience in Rapidly Urbanizing ASEAN Cities, Karl Kim and Lily Bui

    25. The Political Ecology of Uneven Development and Vulnerability to Disasters, Danny Marks

    26. Political Ecologies of Urbanizing Natures in Southeast Asia, Kristian Saguin

    27. Urbanization and Multiple-Scales Environmental Challenges in Malaysia, Adnan A Hezri

    28. The Urban Transformation in Southeast Asia: From Cosmic Cities to Urban Centers, Victor R. Savage

    Part V: The Social Production of the Urban Fabric

    Overview: The Social Production of the Urban Fabric, Rita Padawangi

    29. Historical Morphology of Coastal Cities in Southeast Asia, Johannes Widodo

    30. In Search of Urban Identities in Myanmar, Jayde Lin Roberts

    31. Contested Heritage in Luang Prabang, Phill Wilcox

    32. Alleyway Neighborhoods in H¿ Chí Minh City, Marie Gibert

    33. Informality, Advocacy, and Governmentality in Urbanizing Northern Philippine Cities: Baguio, Benguet and Dagupan, Pangasinan, Ty Matejowsky and B. Lynne Milgram

    Part VI: Social Change and Alternative Development

    Overview: Social Change and Alternative Development, Rita Padawangi

    34. Community-based Food Production, Piyapong Boossabong

    35. Community-led Processes for Inclusive Urban Development, Diane Archer

    36. Citywide Participatory Community Mapping, John Taylor

    37. Disciplining Dissent: Freedom, Control, and Digital Activism in Southeast Asia, Merlyna Lim


    Rita Padawangi is a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Her research interests and projects cover the sociology of architecture, participatory urban development and social movements, with particular emphasis in Southeast Asia. She is also a coordinator of the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network, an initiative that involves urban studies scholars on Southeast Asia from various disciplines to combine field research, teaching and civic engagement on cities and their neighborhoods in the region.